Community input sought on Milford schools of the future

A committee studying anticipated changes to the Milford school system will hold a public forum next week to get input from the public.

The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Jonathan Law High School auditorium.

“Enrollment in the Milford Public Schools has been on the decline for several years — and it is projected to continue in the years to come,” school officials said in a prepared release. “Obviously, enrollment directly impacts our district in many ways — for now and into the future — including the areas of staffing, facilities, configuration, programming and budget.”

The committee is looking beyond today and planning for a school district that meets the community needs over the coming years.

“In order to plan ahead in a thoughtful, purposeful, and responsible way, the Long Range Planning Committee was formed last year and has been working under the guidance of consultants Milone and MacBroom, Inc. for the past seven months,” according to a district press release. “This committee has been deeply involved in the review of substantial amounts of material, data, and statistics — all central to future Milford Public Schools planning.”

All of the materials are available on the school board website at Go to the Board of Education tab and select Long Range Planning.

At this point in their research, the Long Range Planning Committee wants to hear from the community. Next week’s public forum has been planned so any member of the community may share his or her thoughts on the Milford Public Schools of the future.

“It is highly recommended that all people interested in this event review the materials [on the website] prior to attending the forum,” school officials said.